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The Aquaduct - Winter 2012

Emergency Restoration of Trout Spawning Beds

By Thomas W. Amidon, Senior Associate

Omni Environmental LLC

In September of 2011, members of a local fishing club, a quarry owner, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) worked together to restore trout spawning beds that had been threatened by an accidental discharge from a sedimentation pond on the quarry property.  The restoration was performed on an emergency basis in a race against time with the fall trout spawning season, which was expected to occur approximately three weeks after the discharge occurred.  The project succeeded because of the cooperative efforts of all three stakeholders: the vigilance of the local fishing club, whose members act as environmental stewards for the watershed that contributes to the stream flowing through their property; the quarry owner, who acted responsibly by developing and executing an effective plan to restore the damage to the stream bed; and the State authorities, who worked quickly to review and approve the restoration approach.

 

Read about the details of this emergency restoration effort, including critical lessons learned, here.

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